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A chefs' family tree revisited

Culinary talent that branched out from Alinea, Blackbird, the Violet Hour, Tru, and more

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BOKA RESTAURANT GROUP

Eclectic, 2003-

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, who've emerged as a pair of the city's most prolific and successful restaurateurs, have thrived not so much by nurturing a new class of young chefs as by bringing established high-profile chefs and those on the cusp into their fold.

Giuseppe Tentori—Boka, GT Fish & Oyster
A nine-year veteran of Charlie Trotter's, Tentori is executive chef at both Boka, in Lincoln Park, and River North's GT Fish & Oyster.

Stephanie IzardGirl & the Goat
Last year the Boka group teamed up with the celebrity chef to open this Randolph Street monster hit; a diner/bakery/bar, the Little Goat, is up next.

Chris Pandelthe Bristol, Balena
A pioneer of snout-to-tail cookery, Pandel, a Tru vet, is teaming up with the Boka group on Balena, an Italian restaurant and pizzeria.

Benjamin Schiller—Boka, GT Fish & Oyster
The Boka group's mixologist does double duty at both the namesake restaurant and the downtown seafood spot.

Kady Yon—the Pump Room
Formerly at Boka and GT Fish & Oyster, Yon has now joined Bradford Phillips at the new Pump Room.

Giuseppe Scurato—Ceres' Table
Formerly at the now-closed Landmark and Boka, the Sicilian-born chef opened his own restaurant in Uptown last year.

Ryan Poli—Tavernita
Poli, who in 2006 was at Butter, went on to Perennial and is now working with the Mercadito group on this upcoming restaurant and bar.

Elizabeth Dahl—Nostrano
Formerly a Boka pastry chef, Dahl now works alongside her husband, Tim, at Madison's Nostrano.

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